"We Almost Had a Baby" as written by and Emma Moss....
Well you didn't stop
When I told you to stop
And there was a month
That I wasn't sure

The next time I saw you
Out on the river
I'd have something to say
Other than "pay me all of the money you owe"

I would have liked to
To have something above you
To have something to hold
And know I could choose to grow

I would've called you
And I'd have said "hey
You know I'm in control
I'll let you know if you have to come and choose a name"

Well, I am a woman
But before I met you
I was only a kid
You know
When you thought you would break me
But you wanted to take me
So you did.

And I will think of you now
That we are apart
I've put my hand across my gut
I plan to beat it with a heart

I'm not the girl you remember from the start
I was only a baby
Now I'm what you made me

For once, you hit the spot
Twice, you let it fall
And once I tried to make a light
To keep myself in yours

Do you think of me
When you are playing?


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"We Almost Had a Baby" as written by Emma Moss

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  • +3
    General CommentWhoa, this isn't about a fling, it's about being raped, I'd guess by her ex-boyfriend, from the rest of the song. "Well, you didn't stop, when I told you to stop".
    jaylooon September 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first six or seven lines suggest to me that this isn't about abortion, but about her thinking she was pregnant after having unprotected sex - 'You didn't stop, when I told you to stop...' / 'There was a month when I wasn't sure' / 'I would have liked to have something above you'. It doesn't have the sadness that songs like Tori Amos's 'Playboy Mommy' have that would suggest miscarriage, and I don't think there's anything to suggest abortion because it's all about what she's going to do if she IS pregnant or she IS going to have a baby.
    stowawaygirlon June 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's clearly about how close they got to having a baby. And how that made her happy in a way:

    And once I tried to make a life
    To keep myself in yours

    She's hoping this guy will stay with her if they're having a baby together.
    jailbirdon January 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow are there no comments?? Amazing song. Clearly about a fling, she got pregnant, had an abortion but didn't really want to...it's so sad, but very beautiful. I love how she depicts how unimportant she was to him and yet how important he was to her, and that it may have been nothing to him but they almost had a baby; emphasises how easily some people can throw others away when there is always a lot more to it. Emmy is so great.
    missmeon May 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWhen she talks about "the one and five in four" she's referring to the standard country bass line, which leads me to wonder whether the person she is addressing is maybe a bass player. Certainly not many other instrumentalists would talk about playing that. You can hear this type of line on a couple of songs on the album, noticeably at the start of "Dylan".
    Breakfaston June 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWhen she talks about "the one and five in four" she's referring to the standard country bass line, which leads me to wonder whether the person she is addressing is maybe a bass player. Certainly not many other instrumentalists would talk about playing that. You can hear this type of line on a couple of songs on the album, noticeably at the start of "Dylan".
    Breakfaston June 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics are missing a whole verse
    irthesteveon January 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Certainly not about rape, and I dont think it's about abortion either.

    It's a reminder how close we come sometimes to having a baby, either in a moment of passion, or wishfully thinking it might cement a relationship.

    Makes me wonder how different my life would be now if my first true love had become pregnant. It was only luck sometimes that she didn't, and for several years after we finished at uni, split up and got jobs at other ends of the country I wondered if she had perhaps become pregnant and not told me.

    She hadn't, and it wasn't for another twenty years that I found somebody else that I wanted to have a baby with. That baby is now a bubbly two and a half year old, and the sunshine in my life.
    Happygrecianon May 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt clearly is about rape, within a relationship. It's a brilliant juxtaposition of an incredibly sad story with an upbeat tune... Powerful stuff.
    wilfgilberton June 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy would it be about rape? I think it's quite clear that the line "well, you didn't stop/when I told you to stop" just describes how they had unprotected sex and how they tried to avoid pregnancy by not having him come inside of her. She told him to pull out - he didn't. I'm quite sure that's all since Emmy The Great has many describtive, yet simple, lines like this one in many of her songs. It's a song about a woman who suspects herself of being pregnant which in some way makes her happy because it would give her en occassion to be with a man who she clearly cares about more than he cares for her.
    nkglon July 21, 2011   Link

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